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2x2 fence rails — bad idea?


Old 05-07-18, 11:36 AM
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2x2 fence rails — bad idea?

I’m installing a small (6’) section of fence to use as privacy screen (to block view of an unsightly storage area). I want it to be as light as possible so I can remove the fence panel to get access behind it. I plan on using 4x4 for the post and 5/8” x 5.5” x 6’ for the pickets. Can I get away with using 2x2” rails (vs 2x4”s)? Again, the desire is to keep the panel as light as possible
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Ballpark weight difference on a 6' panel not including posts look to be 100lb vs 110lbs (this is simple picket not BOB fence). Approx 5lbs/rail diff.

Balance this vs the flimsiness the 2x2 will add. Is there wind where you are, might someone lean against fence or lean materials against it. Anchoring the 2x2s to the posts will be a weak point. Moving the panel might be harder as the panel might want to rack or twist w/o 2x4s.

All to save 10lbs?

I just replaced my side fence and specifically constructed one panel for easier removal for access to my backyard if needed. I stayed with 2x4s. (Admittedly 8' panel and was BOB, but still....)
Old 05-07-18, 01:14 PM
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I'd also be leery of 2x2s, especially if they are pressure treated. Why not incorporate a gate into your fence? or have 2 gates instead of a fence.
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Anything 2x2 pressure treated any longer than say 3 to 3 1/2 feet long as in rail pickets for a deck, will twist and distort as it dries out. What about a vinyl fence section, those are relatively light.
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